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Address: 39 Eastbourne Road, Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape
Contact : Charlene
Tel : +27-46-6481040
Fax : +27-46-6481443

The delightfully scenic Kariega River estuary winds its way through wooded thickets and steep banks before opening out onto wide, grassy flats and sandbanks just upstream of the Indian Ocean mouth. In a first for any South African game reserve, arriving and departing guests traverse this wonderfully diverse stretch of salt water the best way possible, in a leisurely 45-minute boat cruise. The estuary harbours large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds including the rare African Black Oystercatcher. The fortunate might even see dolphins, seals or turtles near the mouth, and otters further upriver.

Game viewing is of a consistently high standard, with regular sightings of elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe at close quarters. Antelope range from the mighty eland to the diminutive blue duiker, with a huge variety in between, including the regal kudu and rare oribi. Sibuya is home to a number of endangered species including bontebok, rhinoceros and cheetah, the latter as part of a breeding project. Lions are present for the first time in more than a century; jackals are frequently seen; and there are occasional sightings of leopard, caracal and aardvark.

Thought by some to be one of South Africa's most beautiful private game reserves, Sibuya covers more than 3000 hectares of varied terrain and vegetation. From the moderately open river plains, through the pristine Lower Albany Thicket, there are also patches of Cape Fynbos and a windswept, grassy plateau favoured by many of the larger grazing animals. Sibuya supports one of the highest densities of wildlife in South Africa ensuring an intensive and varied game-viewing experience in spectacular surroundings.

Bird enthusiasts have a fair chance of spotting the elusive Narina Trogon, while sightings of other exquisitely colourful birds such as Knysna Turacos, Sunbirds and Kingfishers are frequent. For those impressed by size, there are Ostriches, Denham's Bustards, Secretarybirds, Crowned Eagles, Fish Eagles, Spurwing Geese, Goliath Herons and many more.

River Camp - 4 luxury tented rooms

A favourite amongst friends, families and sole-use groups, this small and intimate camp has four beautifully appointed tented rooms, all en suite. River Camp tents can sleep 2 adults and 2 children sharing with their parents

Discretely tucked into a small forest on the river bank, each tented room has been designed with its own unique layout in order to avoid felling trees and to protect as much of the site as possible. A light and airy design lets nature's sights and sounds flood into the generously proportioned guest areas, creating a sense of oneness with the wilderness all around. Ground level pathways and large foldout sofa beds make River Camp particularly well-suited to those with children, and there's even a playroom tent. Located on an ancient floodplain where an oxbow, or billabong, will one day form, the camp affords spectacular views of the river from its sweeping verandas.

Sibuya's rangers, some of the most experienced in the business, take pride in organising rewarding bush walks, personalised game drives and exclusive boat or canoe trips. Their love of the environment and enthusiasm for their work is infectious, and guests will find them to be not only knowledgeable guides but also gracious hosts.

Part of the purpose of a getaway is to relax! River Camp offers ample opportunity for guests to do this, and few pastimes can be more soporific than lying on a hammock with a book, listening to the birdsong in the trees. At night, the soft glow of lanterns and distant roar of the ocean are the only distractions from the crackling outdoor fire.

Forest Camp - 8 luxury tented rooms

Perfectly situated on the banks of the Kariega River, but tucked unobtrusively into the indigenous bush, Forest Camp offers a blend of essential comforts and warm, charming style. Richly coloured local textiles, in shades of rust and burnt orange, are used throughout in support of the region's weaving community.

The camp, with its long wooden walkways through pristine thicket, has eight en suite tents, complete with luxury furnishings. Designed with a light footprint to protect the surrounding riverine environment, the camp affords views of game on both banks of the river and makes an ideal venue for weddings and small functions.

With no schedules and absolutely no pressure on guests to do anything other than relax, this wonderful camp combines the finest in safari luxury with fabulous service and truly memorable game experiences.

Sibuya's executive chef and his capable team have won rave reviews for the preparation and presentation of their cuisine. Top notch dining is an integral part of any visit to Sibuya with excellent South African wines served in the dining room, on picnics, or under a canopy of stars in the wonderful open air boma.

Bush Lodge - 4 luxury suites

Sibuya's Bush Lodge is set in a pristine wilderness paradise 35 minutes from the main reserve.

After departing from Kenton and enjoying our unique boat cruise up the Kariega Estuary, Bush Lodge guests enjoy lunch in the Reserve before a short transfer by game vehicle takes them to the Lodge.

This stylish bush destination, which mushrooms from an indigenous forested valley, is a classic thatched 4 - Star Lodge, with all the luxury and modern amenities to match.

Spacious viewing decks surround the main lodge which overlooks the wooded valley below. A sparkling swimming pool is an inviting alternative to the Kariega River Estuary and is an ideal place to relax and refresh between game drives or other activities.

For those guests wanting a little more luxury and comfort than our tented River and Forest Camps, this is the ideal alternative.

Bush Lodge is only available to adults with children over the age of 12.

Bush Lodge has four secluded luxury thatched suites.

These stunningly appointed units are private, spacious and fully en-suite with outside and inside showers and private sun/viewing decks. Each room has a bar fridge, tea/coffee station and for hot summer nights, air-conditioning. A wood-burning fireplace adds a cosy touch for the cooler winter evenings. 

  • Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
  • AA Highly Recommended
  • Tourism Grading - 4 Stars
  • air conditioner (some units)
  • airport transfers
  • babysitting service
  • bar/cocktail lounge
  • big game onsite
  • boat / marine slipway onsite
  • boat trips (less than 5km)
  • canoeing (less than 5km)
  • canoeing onsite
  • conference venue onsite
  • fireplace
  • fishing onsite
  • game drives onsite
  • games
  • guided nature walks
  • horse riding (less than 50km)
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • lock-up safe
  • nature trail onsite
  • parking off-site
  • private entrance
  • private entrance - outside rooms
  • restaurant (walking distance)
  • restaurant onsite
  • serviced
  • spa facilities
  • sun deck
  • tea / coffee making facilities

  • Payment Methods
  • American Express American Express
  • Diners Club Diners Club
  • EFT / Bank Transfer EFT / Bank Transfer
  • MasterCard MasterCard
  • Visa Visa
  • Languages Spoken At Establishment
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Xhosa
  • Bed Configuration
  • Bush Lodge (Sleeps 2) x 4
    • Room 1 - king
  • Forest Camp (Sleeps 2) x 8
    • Room 1 - king
  • River Camp (Sleeps 2) x 4
    • Room 1 - king
  • Special Categories
  • Conference Venue Accommodationdetails
    Accommodates how many people?
    Capacity : 12

    The following apply
    Exclusive / preferred service providers on call
    Restroom accessible
    Kitchen accessible
    Audio – visual equipment (request details)
    Food / beverage facilities for catering purposes
    Crockery and cutlery available for hire
    Catering done in-house
    Designated parking area
    Sufficient parking space
    Fully staffed (cleaning, servers etc.)
    Internet connection
    Wireless internet connection
    Air conditioning
    Good lighting that can be operated independently
    Liquor license
    Bar on-site
    A purpose-built and dedicated back entrance available for equipment loading and offloading
    Wheelchair friendly
    A specified area for coaches and buses to stop to allow delegates and guests to embark and disembark safely
    Dedicated storage space that can safely store event materials and equipment overnight
    Individual lockable storage available for storage of more valuable items
  • Interesting Place Accommodationdetails
    Why is your establishment interesting?
    Detail description : Spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, malaria-free Sibuya is South Africa’s only ‘Big 5’ game reserve accessed solely by boat. After arriving at Sibuya’s reception near the river mouth in Kenton-on-Sea, guests embark on a meandering 45 minute boat cruise to the breathtakingly beautiful Reserve. Leaving behind the wide, golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast, kingfishers, fish eagles, otters, antelope and other wildlife may be spotted. With just four or eight luxury tents in each camp and 4 elegant suites in the lodge, our professional guides are able to offer you personalised game drives, rewarding walks, exclusive boat trips and sumptuous beach and bush picnics. Swimming, canoeing and fishing are also on offer, or you might choose to simply relax in a hammock under the trees, book in hand. The ancient floodplains and pristine coastal forest play host to an abundance of wildlife: nearly 400 species of birds and 45 species of game including the “Big Five”. The sub-tropical vegetation ensures a high density of wildlife and one of the best game-viewing experiences in the country. The estuary holds its own bounty: crabs, turtles, the occasional small shark and fish flopping in and out of the water. Additional activities by arrangement include: massages; horse riding on the beach. Under starlit skies, the distant roar of the ocean and the soft glow of lanterns are the only distractions as guests are served fine fireside fare in the warm embrace of the evening fire. The unequalled splendour of the vistas, with the Indian Ocean as their enduring backdrop, will leave you saying “Sibuya” – we will return.

  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodationdetails
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
  • Star Graded Accommodation
  • Wedding Venue Accommodationdetails
    Capacity Information
    Overnight accommodation for how many people? : 32
    Max people allowed at the venue? : 100

    The following apply
    Reception area
    Area for wedding ceremony
    Undercover area for signing the register
    Fully catered
    Couple must provide own catering
    In house events coordinator (compulsory)
    In house events coordinator (not compulsory)
    Liquor license
    Fully stocked bar
    Cutlery and crockery rental
    Cleaning / serving staff
    Bridal suite
    Honeymoon suite
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